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06/25/2004

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Press Review

A brief look at the stories making headlines in the Russian-language press

Bonding at a Burning Oil Platform

Spewing automatic weapons fire, a speedboat races under an oil platform, triggering explosions, injuring workers, touching off an oil spill -- and provoking a spectacular multinational response.

Safin Repents, Says 'I'll Be Back'

Fiery Russian Marat Safin performed a U-turn on Thursday, vowing to return to Wimbledon a couple of days after saying he would never play the Grand Slam again.

Coordinated Iraq Attacks Kill 75

Rebels bent on disrupting a handover to Iraqi rule bloodied five cities on Thursday with coordinated assaults on local security forces in which about 75 people, including three U.S. soldiers, were killed.

The Rivalry That Poisons Europe

When Bertie Ahern, the Irish prime minister, was given a standing ovation by his fellow European Union leaders last Friday night, it was more a sign of relief than a show of triumph.

Canine Love in a Dog-Eat-Dog World

Russian dog lovers are no less passionate about their pets than their cat-loving cousins.

News in Brief

G8 Nuclear Conference MOSCOW (AP) -- Senior nuclear officials from the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations gathered in town Thursday to discuss ways to ensure the safe use of atomic energy. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Committee chairman Nils Diaz is chairing the two-day conference, which is being attended by representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the European Union and other organizations. Diaz told Nezavisimaya Gazeta that the conference would focus on the activities of nuclear regulators to make sure they have enough power and independence to oversee the nuclear industry. UN Drug Chief Arrives MOSCOW (AP) -- Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, was to arrive Thursday for talks with senior officials and to present a world drugs report Friday. Costa was to meet with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev, Justice Minister Yury Chaika and Federal Anti-Drug Service head Viktor Cherkesov.

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